dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Definition of dogged

: marked by stubborn determination a dogged competitor dogged devotion

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Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb
doggedness noun

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obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence. an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence. pursued the story with dogged perseverance stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable. a person too stubborn to admit error pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence. a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy. a mulish determination to have his own way

Examples of dogged in a Sentence

Her dogged efforts eventually paid off. a dogged pursuit of power

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This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and the dogged pursuit by Lt. Fox News, "Connecticut cold-case murder of girl, 11, leads to arrest of Maine sex offender after 33 years," 15 June 2019 The scarier idea, though, is that there are more Duntsches running around, unencumbered by lawsuits and a dogged reporter. Rebecca Farley,, "These Podcasts Will Satisfy Your Craving For Making A Murderer," 15 June 2019 This summer's World Cup handed us some late drama when Jill Roord's 92nd minute winner handed the Dutch a deserved win over a dogged New Zealand., "Women's World Cup - Matchday 9 Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 13 June 2019 Despite her dogged research, Ms. Shapiro can never be certain if her parents knew that an anonymous stranger was her biological father. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "The Family Secret Uncovered by a Writer’s DNA Test," 4 Jan. 2019 But the administration remains dogged in its deregulatory agenda, so expect more attempts to relax rules that protect the health of the youngest Americans. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The Trump administration’s attack on children’s health protections," 27 Sep. 2018 As an adult, his daughter, the dogged journalist, sends off Freedom of Information Act requests to the government in hopes of reporting out her father’s claims. Manuel Roig-franzia, The Seattle Times, "A Mexican-American daughter’s search for her father’s sanity," 31 Aug. 2018 Candice Bergen will reprise her role as a dogged investigative journalist and TV anchor, and her character's son (played by Jake McDorman) will star on a rival morning show. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Murphy Brown Is Coming Back to Television," 19 July 2018 Almost a generation before Julia Child, my great-grandmother was not merely a terrific cook, but also a dogged food reporter, an intrepid food explorer, and a curious food historian. Elizabeth Gilbert, Good Housekeeping, "Cook's Heaven," 6 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of dogged

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dogged

see dog entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dogged

: having or showing the attitude of a person who wants to do or get something and will not stop trying : stubborn and determined


dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogged

: stubbornly determined He continued his dogged search for the truth.

Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb “And I'm doing it for their sakes,” she told herself doggedly— Mary Norton, The Borrowers

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